Day 49 – mile ~685 to Kennedy Meadows General Store, 17.2 miles
May 11, 2016
I’m on trail by 6:30am, motivated to get to Kennedy Meadows for a late lunch. I cover 7 miles by 9am, and 12.87 miles by 11:30am. It’s getting hot and there is little to no shade on this section of trail. I had anticipated more trees this close to the Sierras, but a fire burned them down. So I keep moving, thinking about drinking a cold beer and sitting in the shade of the Kennedy Meadows General Store porch. Continue reading
Hey, sorry for the lack of posts. I flew home May 20 and have been grieving for my hike. I’ve also been sitting on a half dozen posts, and I’m finally ready to share them.
Day 47 – Walker Pass to mile ~669, 17.47 miles
May 9, 2016
Arrow and I are up at 5am and catch the first bus to the Red Rooster café. After breakfast we unsuccessfully attempt to hitch to Walker Pass, so we take another bus as far as we can, to the end of the line. Continue reading
Day 45 – mile ~640 to Walker Pass, 11.29 miles
On trail before 7am. Arrow and I are on a mission to get to Walker Pass where Jeanie will pick up her daughter, Mary Poppins. Jeanie has part of my resupply and has also offered a ride into Lake Isabella, where I plan to zero. Continue reading
Day 43 – Robin Bird Spring to mile ~620, 18 miles
I’m up at 5:45am and on trail at 7:30am. I can’t seem to break the hour and forty five minute threshold. I hike seven miles to Landers Camp, where there’s water. I leapfrog with Shaggy and Fuel Gauge on the way. Continue reading
Day 41 – Hwy 58 to Golden Oaks Spring, 16.84 miles
I’m up at 6am because we’re supposed to be out the door at 7am. But we’re not. The six of us pile into the pickup truck and Jeanie drives us to Tehachapi where we stop at the grocery store. I eat an old fashioned donut and a bagel for breakfast. We all stuff our food purchases into our packs and head back to the trail. Continue reading
Day 38 – Oak Creek to Cameron Canyon Road, 6.94 miles
I hike out of Oak Creek and up into the mist. The Mojave I’ve been walking through is not the Mojave I’ve read about. The mist shrouds the wind turbines, so I can hear but not see them turning in the wind.
Day 36 – Hikertown to Cottonwood Creek Bridge, 17.3 miles
Thomas and I had planned to leave by 7:30am, but it’s windy and cold. I’m in the Mojave, and it’s cold. The metal siding on the trailer I slept in last night flapped in the wind, so I didn’t sleep well. The shack Thomas slept sun called the “Flower Shop,” was drafty and visited my mice. Welcome to Hikertown.
Day 34 – Mile ~494 to Horse Camp, 14.73 miles
Because of the snow yesterday, I didn’t hike as far as I wanted. I need to get to Sawmill Campground for water.
Day 32 – Hiker Heaven to mile ~471, 16.85 miles
After plotting to sneak out of Hiker Heaven at 4am, I don’t roll out of bed until after 6am. I prepare sweet potato-banana-oatmeal for breakfast. I love sweet potatoes.
Day 30 – Acton KOA to Hiker Heaven, Agua Dolce, CA, 10.26 miles
First things first, coffee. I can’t believe I thought I could hike the trail without coffee. The two beers I had last night have left me a little foggy. I woke to condensation on my sleeping bag, and I attempt to dry things out a little before packing up.